Hauser and Wirth Gardens and Gallery

Hauser and Wirth Gardens and Gallery


I had the chance to visit this amazing place with a group of fellow garden designers. Our main aim was to see the gardens created by Piet Oudolf however, I was totally enthralled by the entire complex at Durslade Farm in Somerset.The combination of art and sculpture gallery, architecture, gardens and restaurant work in total harmony. The cloister area was a particular delight with its mix of grasses and perennials providing a glorious space for the sculpture. At this time of year the main garden has real wow factor. The late summer flowering perennials planted en mass are a delight to the eye. Scale here is everything, but there are beautiful plant combinations to copy. Remember that the planting is on a clay soil. Do visit. It would be worth going for each season and hitting the exhibition changes as well.




June 12, 12 noon till 5 pm. 12 gardens, Queen’s Birthday teas, plant stall and Name the Gnome Trail for children. Tickets £4.00 adults, children under 12 free. Tickets available at the car park. Ryton TF11 9JJ. Do come and join us to see never before opened gardens!

KHB-secretgardens16-4 All photographs by kind permission of Karen Hartnell-Beavis 




An Allium just getting ready for Sunday 12 June. Open Gardens Event at Ryton TF11 9JJ

12 gardens, Queen’s Birthday teas, plants stall, gnome trail for children and classic cars.

Tickets on sale at the car park. Adults £4.00 children under 12 free. Noon til 5 pm.

Secret Garden Sunday 12 June

Secret Garden Sunday 12 June

Through the garden gate

Visit Ryton, TF11 9JL for the SECRET GARDEN SUNDAY  event on 12 June, 12 noon till 5 pm. 12 gardens, plant stall, classic cars, name the gnome trail and Queen’s Birthday teas. Tickets on sale at the car park on the day. £4.00 per adult and children under 12 free.

Secret Garden Sunday

Secret Garden Sunday

The gnomes are ready and waiting to hide in the open gardens for our name the gnome hunt for children. 12 private gardens will be open from 12 noon until 5 pm on Sunday 12 June. Plant stall and Queen’s Birthday teas available at the church. A classic car garden is included for the non gardeners. Join us for a wonderful day in Ryton, TF11  9JL.

Gnomes ready and waiting
A Garden in France

A Garden in France

Just back from a trip to France to work on a Clients’ garden in the Dordogne. I was concerned that the terrible events in Paris may well affect travelling but all proceeded without any delays. Having taken the ferry to Caen so that I could take my own surveying equipment I drove down to Tours for a half way stopover. The sun shone and it was delightfully warm. The willows beside the river Loire still had a lot of leaves on.


The cathedral is in the process of being cleaned and looked stunning in the sunlight. The stained glass windows are worth a look since they are both historic and contemporary.


Stayed the night at Les Hautes Roches which has rooms cut into the cliff wall. It was very pleasant and I would certainly go back for a longer stay.



Stayed at a small hotel in Aubeterre sur Dronne which was close to the site making it easy to head over and measure the site then take levels and soil samples.


After three days of kind weather and the site survey completed I visited local paving suppliers and also a very helpful nursery, ETS Horticole in Aubeterre sur Dronne. Excellent olive trees at a very good price.


Left in torrential rain to head back to Le Mans and stopped at a very good auberge L’Auberge des Roches in Luche-Pringe which we use for the Le Mans Classic. Then a very wet drive back up to Caen and onto the ferry and home.

Times like this I realise that I really love my work……